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Qlarion Launches Dedicated Open Data Practice Operating out of New Charlotte Office and Announces Partnership with OpenGov

Charlotte, NC and Reston, VA — Qlarion, a big data and analytics firm specializing in government innovation, has launched a specialized Open Data practice. The practice is based out of Qlarion’s new branch in Charlotte, North Carolina. Qlarion has also signed a partnership agreement with OpenGov, a premier provider of enterprise-ready open data technology, to leverage their market-leading platform in delivering open data solutions.

Qlarion’s Open Data team turns government organizations’ raw open data into intuitive, visual applications that inform internal decisions and strengthen communication with taxpayers. By making public data more accessible, Qlarion helps its customers improve their data sharing and analytics capabilities, reduce compliance costs and improve performance.

“Qlarion has been developing open data solutions for several years, and launching the Open Data practice was a natural next step,” said Jake Bittner, CEO of Qlarion. “We’re entering a new era of citizen engagement, and we’re working with organizations that are paving the way.”

To deliver on these solutions, Qlarion has signed a partnership agreement with OpenGov.

“OpenGov’s technology is unsurpassed by any other open data solution on the market,” said Bittner. “By pairing OpenGov’s technology with Qlarion’s expertise in transforming open data into solutions that deliver real value, we’ve created a number of truly impactful solutions.”

Qlarion and OpenGov recently partnered to support and launch the City of Boston’s new open data hub, Analyze Boston. Analyze Boston provides facts, figures, and maps relevant to the lives of Bostonians and is designed to make open data easy to find, access and manipulate.

Over the past several years, Qlarion has developed a number of applications that leverage the City of Boston’s open data, including SnowStats and PermitFinder.

On May 6, Qlarion sponsored the Analyze Boston Open Data Challenge, a hackathon-style event where participants used open data to solve real-world challenges faced by Boston’s city departments, like increasing energy efficiency or reducing neighborhood crime.

“Our goal is to make data accessible and usable by a broad audience,” said Andrew Therriault, Chief Data Officer with the City of Boston. “Qlarion’s open data expertise has been invaluable throughout the process, and we’re looking forward to continuing to partner with them on future open data initiatives.”

Qlarion’s open data practice is currently engaged in delivering open data solutions for state and local customers of all sizes, including projects in Virginia, Texas and South Carolina.

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